It’s normal to feel frustrated with a loved one’s deteriorating abilities. But such impatience has unpleasant consequences for both parties involved. Patients risk becoming more agitated about their own failing condition. Caregivers feel as if they’re failing in their duties.
Your husband promised to help clean out the guest bedroom in anticipation of your mother’s visit. Yet two hours later, he’s still glued to his computer. When you kindly remind him of his commitment, he mumbles, “In a minute. I’m still busy.” You eventually finish the chore on your own.
It’s normal to have mood swings, feel sad or overwhelmed, have crying spells or trouble sleeping in the days following childbirth. Postpartum depression, on the other hand, can be disabling and does not go away on its own.